Great big truck that can seat up to nine passengers and still fit inside a regular garage. Interior ergonomics are outstanding, and a nice standard equipment list make it competitive with other full-size utes.
Engine could use a bit more oomph; even the optional 5.4-liter has difficulty accelerating beyond speeds of 70 mph. The transmission could also use some refinement; upshifts are rather abrupt and downshifts should happen a bit quicker.
What's New for 1997
Ford's replacement for the aging Bronco is the all-new Expedition. Based on the 1997 F-150 platform, this full-size sport-utility vehicle is poised to do battle with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
by adeanhobdy on Sep 3, 2014 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD
The car that doesn't die. If you want reliability, this car doesn't get the props it deserves. It keeps going. We bought the car in 2011. After purchasing it, we realized that it hadn't had regular maintenance. Had never even had a tuneup and had the original spark plugs. We were a little worried but it has never given us one problem.
We even took it climbing a few times and it faired well.
The one con is that it doesn't have the power I would like. We don't feel comfortable pulling our 25 foot trailer with it. We solved that by recently purchasing the Excursion. Hope the Excursion will be as reliable as the Expedition
by cedric626 on Aug 4, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I have a 1997 Ford Expedition that I purchase in 2000.
The only maintenance that I have had done to the engine is the sprark blugs and coil paks.
I am repainting it and putting it back on the road after seating for a year.
I am trying to find out what is the record for miles on this 4.6 engine.
by chrischris71 on Jan 1, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV
Bought this truck at 300,000 miles with a cracked radiator. Only real maintenance done to this truck is a new radiator, new alternator, one new coil pack,
and some gaskets and seals. Before we started playing around with it it got about 17 city 20-25 highway. After putting a 2.5 inch suspension and 2.5 inch body lift its down to about 10 city and 15-17 highway. Mine is actually the 5.4L Triton V8. Soon the driver side A-frame will need replacing and the passenger side rotor needs to be replaced.
by objr on Mar 9, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD
I bought her when my second son was born, traded in the 4 Runner.
Towed the boat many miles and slept in the back camping many days.
Snow, mud, rain did not slow her down.
No major maintenance issues beyond a stuck shifter, compressor and alternator.
Approaching 200,000, hot in winter, cold in summer.
in a foot of snow and pulling a hill, nothing can stop her.
I wanted to jump on the Obama $4,500 clunker deal but I couldn't bring myself to dumping her, they were going to seize her engine.
It would be like putting my dog down, could not do it.
I will drive her until she dies which will probably be around 280,000 to 300,000 miles.
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